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What is CHS, cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome?
Cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome (CHS) is a condition in which a patient experiences extreme nausea, cyclical vomiting, and severe abdominal pain after using cannabis.
What are the symptoms of CHS?
Symptoms can be mild or severe and can occur for a few minutes or for years.
Symptoms can be:
- chronic regular cannabis use, predating the onset of illness
- a cyclical pattern of hyperemesis every few weeks to months, at which time the patient is still using cannabis and
- resolution of the symptoms after cessation of cannabis use and detox/withdrawal period
- abdominal washing; symptoms may be relieved by hot baths or shower
Can someone die from CHS?
Yes, if marijuana use is not stopped, CHS can be fatal. Prolonged vomiting may lead to:
- electrolyte problems
- muscle spasms or weakness
- heart rhythm abnormalities
- in rare cases, brain swelling (cerebral edema)
resource: Cedars Sinai
What causes CHS?
The chemical or cannabinoids from the cannabis/marijuana plant overload the endocannabinoid system of the human body.
I thought “weed” cured nausea, not caused it.
While there are FDA-approved THC medicines out there to help with certain cases of nausea, there is a much more insidious adverse reaction many marijuana users are experiencing, which can leave them begging for relief or even kill them.
Is there a cure for CHS?
In past decades, CHS was not common. But with the legalization of marijuana, especially of high-potency products, it is now the main reason people seek medical attention for marijuana-related harms in Colorado emergency rooms. It is urgent to get this information out to the public before it’s too late.
Why is Cannabis Induced-Psychosis not understood by the medical community and the general public?
Due to the lack of education, combined with well-funded ad campaigns, the public is being deceived.
Will I develop CHS if I only use marijuana just a few times a week or month?
While most professionals say CHS is caused by chronic use and we can’t predict who is susceptible, some experience symptoms after using marijuana only a few times.